April 11, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Brayden Schenn (center) celebrates his game tying goal with teammates right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) and left wing Matt Read (24) against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in game one of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: Flyers' Dramatic Comeback Highlights Opening Night

The first night of the Stanley Cup Playoffs did not disappoint, with the Flyers making a dramatic overtime comeback over the Penguins, Mike Richards leading the Kings over the top-seeded Canucks, and plenty of drama in Nashville's win over Detroit. Game 1 coverage: Flyers 4, Penguins 3 (OT), Kings 4, Canucks 3, Predators 3, Red Wings 2.

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Predators Vs. Red Wings, Game 1: Positives, Negatives For Each Team

The Nashville Predators came out on top in Game 1 against the Detroit Red Wings, but neither team was perfect in the opener.

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Kings Vs. Canucks, Game 1: Did Vancouver Make The Right Call To Go Physical?

The Vancouver Canucks were criticized a year ago for not playing physical enough. They've added toughness this year as a result, but did the plan to beef up backfire on them in Game 1 against the Los Angeles Kings?

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NHL Scores, 2012 Playoffs: Flyers Comeback Vs. Penguins Just Part Of Entertaining Opening Night

The first night of the Stanley Cup Playoffs did not disappoint.

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Flyers Vs. Penguins, Game 1: Resiliency Pays Off Yet Again For Philadelphia

After capping off an improbable 4-3 overtime victory in a game in which they trailed 3-0 -- the third time they had mounted a huge comeback against the Pens in the last three weeks -- the Flyers may be getting into the heads of their arch-rivals from Pittsburgh.

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Canucks Vs. Kings, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 1: Dustin Penner Scores Late Game-Winner, L.A. Up 1-0

The Los Angeles Kings have been one of the strongest clubs in the NHL since the trade deadline, and they didn't let their status as a No. 8 seed in the Western Conference deter them against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night. Mike Richards led the Kings into Rogers Arena, where they used a late Dustin Penner goal to pull out what ultimately became a 4-2 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

Yeah, I think Jeff Carter meant to kick that puck over to Dustin Penner. Crazy skilled, crazy goal. Game-winning goal, in fact. Dustin Brown sealed the victory with an empty-net goal with 18 seconds left in the game.

Special teams play was big in this one. The Kings killed off five Vancouver power play attempts while scoring on two of their own eight attempts. The real winner in this one, however, is the Los Angeles Kings' official Twitter account. And apparently the majority of Canada:

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Predators Vs. Red Wings, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 1: Predators Hang On For 3-2 Win

The Nashville Predators held off a furious late-game rally by the Detroit Red Wings for a 3-2 win to take a 1-0 lead in the Western Conference quarterfinals series.

Forward Gabriel Bourque gave the Predators a 3-1 lead with less than nine minutes to play, but an uncharacteristic Nashville parade to the penalty box gave the Red Wings ample opportunities late. An interference call on Jack Hillen was followed by a slashing penalty to give the Red Wings a two-man advantage in the final four minutes. Nashville's penalty-kill unit, playing without 6-foot-7 shot-blocker Hal Gill, killed the first penalty, but Tomas Holmstrom would score with 2:07 to play to pull Detroit to within one goal.

With goalie Jimmy Howard pulled, Martin Erat took a holding penalty with 23 seconds remaining, but the Predators were able to ice the puck and limit to Detroit to just one long-range shot that Pekka Rinne handled with ease.

For two of the least-penalized teams in the league, special teams played a surprisingly large role in the series opener. Both Red Wings goals were scored on the man advantage, with which the club played eight times on Wednesday night. The Predators had the man advantage six times, but were unable to score.

If a similar style of game plays out in Game 2 on Friday night, Nashville could be in trouble as they could be without defenseman Shea Weber, who might be subject to supplemental discipline after slamming the head of Henrik Zetterberg into the dasher in the final seconds. Weber was second on the Predators with 27:27 of ice time and played a team-high 8:28 on the penalty kill.

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Penguins Vs. Flyers, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 1: Philadelphia Rallies From 3-0 Deficit, Beats Pittsburgh In Overtime, 4-3

The Philadelphia Flyers have been a comeback team all season long. That has officially continued into the postseason.

Danny Briere scored two goals, Brayden Schenn tied the game midway through the third period and Jakub Voracek won it in overtime as the Flyers stormed back from a 3-0 Pittsburgh Penguins first-period lead to win, 4-3. Voracek's winner came just 2:23 into the extra session, a move good for the blood pressure of patients all across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Penguins dominated the first period, with Sidney Crosby, Tyler Kennedy and Pascal Dupuis all scoring goals, but Philadelphia quickly turned the page in the second. Ilya Bryzgalov settled in and was a quiet key for the Flyers during a long stretch of pressure from Pittsburgh early in the frame.

But the Flyers weathered that storm, and while Briere was actually offside on his second-period goal, the officials failed to notice and it gave the team some much-needed energy. From there, they were able to take over the third period and overtime en route to the victory and a 1-0 series lead.

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Flyers Vs. Penguins Lineup, Game 1: Danny Briere, Nicklas Grossmann In For Philadelphia

Forward Danny Briere and defenseman Nicklas Grossmann each missed time at the end of the regular season for the Philadelphia Flyers, but they'll both be in the lineup for the team as the 2012 NHL playoffs get underway in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

Briere, always a strong playoff performer, missed a week at the end of the season with a back injury suffered when he took a hit from Penguins forward Joe Vitale. That hit sparked a mini-brawl at the end of the game between the two rivals on April 1, but it was a clean hit without a doubt.

Grossmann was also injured by Vitale in that contest on a knee-on-knee hit in the first period. The injury looked worse than it was, and the defenseman will wear a knee brace on the injured leg in the playoffs, but he's ready to go and expected to take his full workload.

On the Penguins' side of things, defenseman Matt Niskanen missed the morning skate and will remain out of the lineup. It's possible that Ben Lovejoy makes an early return from a knee injury in Game 1, but still unlikely.

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Daniel Sedin Injury: Canucks Star Out For Game 1 Vs. Kings

Daniel Sedin will not be in the lineup for the Vancouver Canucks in Game 1 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings, head coach Alain Vigneault announced Wednesday via the team.

Sedin did not take part in the morning skate prior to the game at Rogers Arena, confirming his status as sidelined for the game. The Canucks leading scorer has not played since taking an elbow to the head from Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith in a game on March 21. Keith was suspended five games by the league for that hit, but Sedin will miss his tenth game in a row on Wednesday.

WIll it hurt the Canucks? They obviously lack the extra firepower, and without Daniel, his brother Henrik Sedin suffers a bit too. But in terms of direct results, the Canucks won eight of the nine games they played without Daniel, so maybe it won't matter all that much after all.

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Darren Helm Set To Return For Detroit Red Wings In Game 1 Vs. Predators

The Detroit Red Wings will be a bit healthier heading into Game 1 of their playoff series with the Nashville Predators. Head coach Mike Babcock said Wednesday from Bridgestone Arena that forward Darren Helm will be back in the lineup for the Western Conference Quarterfinal series opener.

"He puts everybody else in the right spot," Babcock told the Detroit Free Press. "We had a great bottom six all year long, and then we lost our people. We had no bottom six; we had no support scoring. It's amazing when you put people in the right spot."

Helm hasn't played since March 17 after suffering a knee sprain. He'll likely play alongside Danny Cleary and Drew Miller in Game 1 while also picking up some ample penalty killing time.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Kings Vs. Canucks Game 1: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The Los Angeles Kings have top talent and split the regular season series with the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver won the Presidents' Trophy from a weak division. Can the Kings finally pull their talent together for a huge upset?

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Penguins Vs. Flyers Game 1: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers have demonstrated in recent games that they genuinely do not like each other. These are great circumstances for a playoff series to be played under.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Red Wings Vs. Predators Game 1: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators have been nearly inseparable all season, so their playoff series should be a close one.

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NHL Playoff Schedule 2012: 3 Playoff Series Begin Wednesday

The NHL Playoffs begin on Wednesday, with Game 1 of three of the eight first round series. For the first time in a very long time, every single playoff game will be broadcast on a nationally available network from start to finish. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers kick things off at 7:00 p.m. ET in the Eastern Conference with an Atlantic Division grudge match. That game can be seen on NBC Sports Network.

Sandwiched between that game and the late game is the beginning of the Western Conference's 4-5 matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators, which can be seen at 8:00 p.m. ET on CNBC. The night's action concludes in British Columbia, where the Vancouver Canucks take on the Los Angeles Kings on NBC Sports Network at 10:30 p.m.

The full schedule:

No. 5 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins
7:30 p.m. ET -- Game 1, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals | Series tied, 0-0
National TV: NBCSN, TSN, RDS | Local TV: CSN Philly, ROOT Pittsburgh

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 4 Nashville Predators
8 p.m. ET -- Game 1, Western Conference Quarterfinals | Series tied, 0-0
National TV: CNBC, CBC, RDS2 | Local TV: FS Detroit, SportSouth

No. 8 Los Angeles Kings at No. 1 Vancouver Canucks
10:30 p.m. ET -- Game 1, Western Conference Quarterfinals | Series tied, 0-0
National TV: NBCSN, CBC, RDS | Local TV: KCOP 13

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